Paul Magrs

Paul Magrs

Dr Paul Magrs (pronounced "Mars"; born November 1969 in England) is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University, where he began work in 2004 having formerly taught at the University of East Anglia. He did his PhD at the University of Lancaster.

He is the author of numerous fiction and non-fiction works. His first published writing was the short story "Patient Iris", published 1995 in "New Writing Four" (edited by A. S. Byatt and Alan Hollinghurst). This was soon followed by his debut novel, "Marked for Life", the same year. Other novels include "Strange Boy" (2003) and "To the Devil — a Diva!" (2004) and he has also published several short stories. With Julia Bell, he edited several issues of the University of East Anglia's "Pretext".

He is also the author of four books in the BBC "Doctor Who" novel range, to which he introduced the character Iris Wildthyme, although she had originally been created in his unpublished first novel, which was named after her. He is the editor of a short story collection featuring the character, entitled "Wildthyme on Top", released in 2005 by Big Finish Productions, for whom he has also written short stories and audio plays. He is also the author of a Doctor Who New Series Adventure, "Sick Building", as well as a forthcoming second audio featuring The Eighth Doctor and Lucie Miller.

Magrs' novel "Exchange" was nominated for the 2006 Booktrust Teenage Prize [] and was longlisted for the 2007 Carnegie Medal [] .

Magrs' non-fiction work includes "The Creative Writing Coursebook", with Julia Bell and Andrew Motion, published 2001.

He lives with his partner, author and lecturer Jeremy Hoad.



*"Marked for Life" (1995)
*"Does it Show?" (1997)
*"Playing Out" (Short story collection) (1997)
*"Could It be Magic?" (1998)
*"Modern Love" (2000)
*"All the Rage" (2001)
*"Strange Boy" (2002)
*"Hands Up!" (American title, "The Good, the Bat and the Ugly") (2003)
*"Aisles" (2003)
*"To the Devil – A Diva!" (2004)
*"Exchange" (2006)
*"Never the Bride" (2006)
*"Twin Freaks" (2007)
*"Something Borrowed" (2007)
*"Conjugal Rites" (2008)

Other Works

*"Never the Bride" (1998 BBC Radio 4; repeated 2008, BBC7)
*"Life After Mars" (2002 BBC Radio 4) part of the Fictional Familiars series.
*"Sunseeker" (2005 BBC Radio 4)
*"The Foster Parents" (2007, in Comma Press' short story collection "Phobic")
*"The Longsight Branch" (2 July 2008 BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Reading)

"Doctor Who" novels for BBC Books

*"The Scarlet Empress" (Eighth Doctor, Sam Jones, Iris Wildthyme)
*"The Blue Angel" (Eighth Doctor, Fitz Kreiner, Compassion, Iris Wildthyme; written with Jeremy Hoad)
*"Verdigris" (Third Doctor, Jo Grant, Iris Wildthyme)
*"Mad Dogs and Englishmen" (Eighth Doctor, Fitz Kreiner, Anji Kapoor, Iris Wildthyme)
*"Sick Building" (Tenth Doctor, Martha Jones)

="Doctor Who" plays for Big Finish=

*"The Stones of Venice" (Eighth Doctor, Charley Pollard)
*"Excelis Dawns" (Fifth Doctor, Iris Wildthyme)
*"The Wormery" (Sixth Doctor, Iris Wildthyme; written with Stephen Cole)
*"Horror of Glam Rock" (Eighth Doctor, Lucie Miller)
*"The Wishing Beast & The Vanity Box" (Sixth Doctor, Melanie Bush)
*"The Zygon Who Fell to Earth" (Eighth Doctor, Lucie Miller)
*"The Boy That Time Forgot" (Fifth Doctor, Nyssa)

=Books for Big Finish=

*"Wildthyme on Top" (Iris Wildthyme); Magrs, editor

Doctor Who Short Stories

*"Jealous, Possessive" in ""
*"Kept Safe and Sound" in ""
*"Euterpe" in ""
*"Lust" in ""
*"The Wickerwork Man" in ""
*"Fanboys" in ""
*"Zombie Motel" in "Doctor Who Storybook 2008"

=Other plays for Big Finish=

*"Wildthyme at Large" (Iris Wildthyme)

External links

* [ Manchester Metropolitan University page]
* [ Transtemporal] - Paul Magrs Mailing List
* [ Welcome to Wildthyme] - Iris Wildthyme website

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